Book Details + Condition: William Rider & Son (London). Volume 7, 1908. First UK Editions of the highly influential and pre-eminent journal of the 20th century, THE OCCULT REVIEW. (The US editions were issued one month after the British.) This compilation spans January - June, 1908. Privately bound with marbled hardcover boards and three-quarters leather binding. Raised bands and gilt to spine; marbled endpapers. 354 pages, followed by advertisements. Includes bookplate of famous suffragist Alice Eugenie (du Pont) Ortiz, along with her notes in pencil. Wear to boards at hinges, but binding remains firm; rubbed corners and edges; underlining throughout the article "Autobiography of Dr. Franz Hartmann"; 2 pages with writing by the aforementioned owner, with comments on how "Mr. (Hereward) Carrington visited us in 1916 or 1918, and told me the extraordinary story of his wife".
Edited by Ralph Shirley, THE OCCULT REVIEW contained essays on all aspects of occultism, from alchemy to witchcraft; there was emphasis on magic, as many of its authors had been members of the Golden Dawn or its offshoots. Most of the eminent occultists of the period contributed to the journal, such as Frater Achad, Arthur Avalon, Annie Besant, Theodore Besterman, J.W. Brodie-Innes; Hereward Carrington, Mabel Collins, Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Ada Goodrich-Freer; Franz Hartmann, D. D. Home, E.J. Langford Garstin; Michael Juste; William Kingsland, G.R.S. Mead; Sylvan J. Muldoon, Elliot O'Donnell, H. Stanley Redgrove, Sax Rohmer; Eduoard Schure, Lewis Spence, Meredith Starr, Montague Summers, and A.E. Waite. In addition to essays, poems, artwork, and illustrations, each issue typically contained the editor's 'Notes of the Month,' letters from the public, book reviews, and advertisements. This compiled volume contains such articles as: Premonitory Visions Fulfilled; Autobiography of Dr. Franz Hartmann; Dream Records; The Magic of a Symbol; Zodiacal Types and Affinities; Karma: Law of Cosmic Effect; Dr. Dee and Queen Elizabeth; The Rosicrucians and Alchemists; and so much more. A true gem of first edition occult literature, and a fascinating treasure-trove of knowledge, for occult and spiritualist collectors. Please see our other listings for more OCCULT REVIEW first edition volumes.